From an in-universe point of view, why hasn’t Katara, Tenzin, Bumi, or Kya considered communicating with their dad’s spirit through Korra, or vice versa? As of book 1, she had finally connected to her spiritual side and Aang’s spirit had manifested before her. Past Avatars have also been known to be able to posses the body of the current Avatar.

  • Ahaha. I never even thought of that.:p May 21 '16 at 5:05

Because Aang is dead

This is a subtle distinction, but it seems that the "previous lives" scenes aren't fully-fledged conversations with fully-conscious individuals. That is, Avatar Aang can appear to Korra to convey wisdom or experience, but we never see them just "chatting," the way she does with Iroh in the spirit world. Iroh is still living a life, making friends, discovering new things, and behaving like a living, thinking person when Korra meets him. By contrast, the previous Avatars seem to only exist as advisors to the current Avatar, and seem devoid of any life (or even existence) between moments when the current Avatar needs them.

Every "past life conversation" we see onscreen follows the same structure: the current Avatar has a problem, and the past Avatar provides a story from their life to help illustrate a possible solution. If the franchise continues this may be contradicted, but so far the signs seem to indicate that the previous Avatars don't "live on" in the sense of having the ability to continue forming opinions and having experiences, but rather that they're more like a conscience or intuition, giving guidance when the Avatar needs it, based on what each incarnation learned and experienced during their life.

If this is the case, Aang's spirit wouldn't be able to "converse" with Katara through Korra at all, even if she tried. Aang is dead, and all that remains are his memories and his wisdom, which pass to his successor and are experienced as conversations.


Korra is also has a lot of issues with the spiritual side of her calling so it is difficult enough for her To contact aang, also by all accounts aang led a full happy life and his family had time to accept his passing and move on , also it would have bogged down the show with another story line it didn't need


According to the Avatar Wiki, Korra lost connection with her past lives during Harmonic Convergence. She had the ability to communicate with past avatars for only a short time.

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    -1. There would have been plenty of time for her to convey a message to Aang between the end of Book 1 and the end of Book 2, so this doesn't answer the question. She even first connected with Aang while visiting the Southern Water Tribe and spent a substantial amount of time in the South Pole during Book 2, both near Katara, so it wouldn't have even been inconvenient.
    – Nerrolken
    Feb 10 '15 at 19:28
  • How much time passed between the end of Book 1 and the end of Book 2? You're right, I'm just asking for curiosity.
    – Ben P
    Feb 10 '15 at 19:52
  • According to the Avatar wiki the Amon stuff happened in 170 AG and Korra left Tenzin in 171 AG, so less than a year. But we also know that Korra had time to master Airbending, Bolin had time to recruit a new Fire Ferrets team and play with them for a while, and Mako had enough time to establish a fairly successful job as a beat cop. My guess is probably around 6-8 months, certainly not less than 3-4.
    – Nerrolken
    Feb 10 '15 at 19:58

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